Saturday, June 25, 2011

Clyde Gordy - 1930

From State Register September 1930 - Delmar News

Clyde Gordy, colored, residing near Delmar, was instantly killed by lightning while sitting beside an open window in his home last Wednesday evening. His wife who was sitting beside him, was uninjured.

The USDA and the "food plate"


As we know the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has scrapped the old food pyramid which has been around since 1992 in favor of the "Food Plate."

The guide, which resembles a pie chart, is sliced into four colorful wedges to illustrate the different food groups -- fruits, vegetables, grains and protein -- that the USDA recommends for our daily diet. A small circle to the right is intended to resemble a glass of milk for our dairy intake.

USDA officials say the pyramid was tired out, overly complex and tried to communicate too many different nutrition facts at once.

Naturally Howard was unimpressed. He was even less impressed when he found the U.S.D.A. has already spent $2 million developing and promoting the "plate logo," costs that covered research, focus groups and the creation of a new Web site.

How did we ever manage to survive without big governments and Gov. Markell's help,they now tell us what to eat, when to exercise, what car to drive, what light bulbs we can have, what kind of toilets we can sit upon, what trash we can throw away, internet control,they track our every move...

Surprisingly when I went to my weight watcher meeting (yes, Howard goes to weight watchers - as a trophy husband I owe it to my wife to at least pretend to try and lose weight), several people were impressed with it. They said there was a strong relationship to the weight watchers creed and the "Plate Logo" as it represents portion control.

If they really want to do something they would tax any product that has High-fructose corn syrup which I think is the number one cause of obesity.

Another Look At The LeCates Building


You know how some towns have hanging plants on their light poles in their downtown area? Well Delmar has their version of hanging plants downtown, mainly these vines growing out of the LeCates Building and cascading down.

Back a few months back as the purchase deal by Chris Mills From John LeCates was proceeding along and we were told to wait and see what happens. So far nothing has happened. Maybe we were feed a line of crap or Chris Mills isn't going to do anything with it. I can't say I have see any change from previously.

Well at least it bring Vegetation and greenery to the downtown (also rats, pigeons falling building material, eye blight, etc)

The Battle of Chesconessex Creek, Eastern Shore Of Virginia

The United States declared war against Great Britain in 1812 for several reasons, including England’s refusal to withdraw from American territory along the Great Lakes; its support of Indians on America’s frontiers; and British harassment of U.S. ships.

The war was fought along the Canadian border, in the Chesapeake Bay region, along the Gulf of Mexico and at sea.

The coast of Virginia figured prominently in the Atlantic theater of operations: More than 70 armed encounters with the British took place in Virginia during the war. An estimated 70,000 Virginians served during the War of 1812, fighting not only at home but also in Maryland, Ohio and naval engagements.

One small battle was at Chesconessex Creek. Captain John R. Joynes of the 2nd regiment had a camp of 32 men at Chesconessex Creek (bayside mid-Accomac County Virginia.) On June 25, 1814, British Barges were spotted by the sentinel at about 2:45 AM. Early on a stormy morning 450 British Royal Marines and 50 Negros from the Colonial Marines rowed up Chesconessex Creek and disembarked.

Joynes had his men open fire with muskets and a 4 pound cannon. The British returned fire with their 18 pound cannon. Joynes retreated leaving his cannon behind. The British did some plundering and took the cannon back with them. By 6 AM the British had returned to their 83 gun ship Albion. Besides the Albion there were the Dragon, Endimyon, and several tenders and barges. Satisfied with the situation the British did not attempt to land again.

The Treaty of Ghent, the peace treaty that ended the war, was signed in Europe in December 1814. The treaty largely restored relations between the United States and Britain to what they were before the war.

Melson Church Ice Cream Social - Today

Ice Cream Social at Melson U.M. Church, Melson Church Rd., Delmar, MD. Sat. 6/25, 3pm-? Oyster & Chicken Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Peas & Dumplings, Homemade Cake & Ice Cream. Info., 410-896-3386

Jakes Day - Today

Leslie J. Barrall - 1930

Today Custer Made His Last Stand



Today and tomorrow in 1876 George Custer and part of his 7th cavalry were killed at Little Big Horn, Montana. I have written before about Custer's Last Stand. Included in those killed was Corporal George C. Morris with Company I, 7th United State Cavalry who was born July 4th, 1851 in Georgetown Delaware. George C. Morris was an assumed name, his real name was Eugene Cooper, son of Benjamin and Hannah Cooper, and his family wrote him regularly under his assumed name. The family seen to wander thru Delaware based on the census. After Benjamin Cooper (wheelwright) died his wife, Hannah, applied for a pension under George Morris federal service. George Morris' brother was Thomas O. Cooper, a photographer.

The nation was taken greatly by this slaughter of US Troopers and many honors were given out to the 7th Calvalry including on the spur of the moment, Congressional Medal Of Honors. Those that were given Medal of honors were (notice the number of foreign born) ;

BANCROFT, NEIL
Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Birth: Oswego, N.Y. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Brought water for the wounded under a most galling fire.

BRANT, ABRAM B.
Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: St. Louis, Mo. Birth: New York, N.Y. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Brought water for the wounded under a most galling fire.

CRISWELL, BANJAMIN C.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company B, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn River, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at:------. Birth: Marshall County, W. Va. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Rescued the body of Lt. Hodgson from within the enemy's lines; brought up ammunition and encouraged the men in the most exposed positions under heavy fire.

CUNNINGHAM, CHARLES
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company B, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn River, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Birth: Hudson, N.Y. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Declined to leave the line when wounded in the neck during heavy fire and fought bravely all next day.

DEETLINE, FREDERICK
Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: Baltimore, Md. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: 15 October 1878. Citation: Voluntarily brought water to the wounded under fire.

GEIGER, GEORGE
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company H, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn River, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio. Date of issue: S October 1878. Citation: With 3 comrades during the entire engagement courageously held a position that secured water for the command.

HANLEY, RICHARD P.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company C, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn River, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at:------. Birth: Boston, Mass. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation. Recaptured, singlehanded, and without orders, within the enemy's lines and under a galling fire lasting some 20 minutes, a stampeded pack mule loaded with ammunition.

HARRIS, DAVID W.
Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn River, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: Cincinnati, Ohio. Birth: Indianapolis, Ind. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Brought water to the wounded, at great danger to his life, under a most galling fire from the enemy.

HARRIS, WILLIAM M.
Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn River, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: Mt. Vernon, Ky. Birth: Madison County, Ky. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Voluntarily brought water to the wounded under fire of the enemy.

HOLDEN, HENRY
Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn River, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: ------. Birth: England. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Brought up ammunition under a galling fire from the enemy.

HUTCHINSON, RUFUS D.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company B, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn River, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: Cincinnati, Ohio. Birth: Butlerville, Ohio. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Guarded and carried the wounded, brought water for the same, and posted and directed the men in his charge under galling fire from the enemy.

MECHLIN, HENRY W. B.
Rank and organization: Blacksmith, Company H, 7th U.S. Cavalry Place and date: At Little Big Horn, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: Pittsburgh, Pa. Born: 14 October 1851, Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Pa. Date of issue: 29 August 1878. Citation: With 3 comrades during the entire engagement courageously held a position that secured water for the command.

MURRAY, THOMAS
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company B, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at:------. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: S October 1878. Citation: Brought up the pack train, and on the second day the rations, under a heavy flre from the enemy.

PYM, JAMES
Rank and organization: Private, Company B, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn River, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Birth: Oxfordshire, England. Date of issue: S October 1878. Citation: Voluntarily went for water and secured the same under heavy fire.

ROY, STANISLAUS
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company A, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at:------. Birth: France. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Brought water to the wounded at great danger to life and under a most galling fire of the enemy.

THOMPSON, PETER
Rank and organization: Private, Company C, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: Pittsburgh, Pa. Birth: Scotland. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: After having voluntarily brought water to the wounded, in which effort he was shot through the head, he made two successful trips for the same purpose, notwithstanding remonstrances of his sergeant.

TOLAN, FRANK
Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Birth: Malone, N.Y. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Voluntarily brought water to the wounded under fire.

VOIT, OTTO
Rank and organization: Saddler, Company H, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Volunteered with George Geiger, Charles Windolph, and Henry Mechlin to hold an exposed position standing erect on the brow of the hill facing the Little Big Horn River. They fired constantly in this manner for more than 20 minutes diverting fire and attention from another group filling canteens of water that were desperately needed.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Sussex County Press Release

Sussex County approves one-time tax credit

Georgetown, Del., June 21, 2011: Sussex County property owners will find some extra change jingling in their pockets in the year ahead thanks to a one-time County tax credit.

County Council, at its Tuesday, June 21, 2011, meeting, approved a measure that will return to taxpayers potentially $1 million or more in surplus funds expected this budget year, which ends June 30. The one-time credit would occur next summer, on the County’s 2012 tax bills, after final numbers for Fiscal 2011 are determined in the annual audit to be performed this fall.

“This comes down to a very fundamental question. Who can best spend the taxpayers’ money – the government or the taxpayers?” said County Councilman Vance Phillips, who proposed the credit. “The answer always comes down to the taxpayers.”

County officials project the surplus could reach $1.3 million for FY11, and proposed allocating $136,000 of that expected revenue to a variety of programs. Those include $52,500 for local law enforcement grants, $35,000 for the Nanticoke Senior Center capital campaign, $21,000 for senior citizen programs, $10,000 for lifeguards in the Fenwick Island area, $10,000 for housing assistance, and $7,500 for streetlights and community cleanup in West Rehoboth.

Once final figures are available and the FY11 surplus is determined, whatever remains after the $136,000 in designated expenses – as well as 10 percent of the surplus, which, by ordinance, must be allocated for land preservation – will be given back to taxpayers as a credit. Leaders are hopeful the move will help families and businesses weather the economy.

Teaching Jobs At Delmar High School

Delmar High School is looking for four teachers. They are;
High School English Teacher
High School Social Studies Teacher
High School Social Studies Long Term Substitute
High School Special Education Teacher
All have application closing dates of July 8th
The announcement and application is on the High School web Site

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The 1930 Burnt Swamp Fire

Well with all this hot, dry weather I guess today's post will be about the great fire in 1930 that occurred in what today we call Burnt swamp (over by Selbyville), matter of fact, the fire created the name.

From 1930 to 1936 was a time of extreme drought (think Dustbowl), locally The 1930-32 time period was the most severe agriculture drought ever recorded in Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia. Rainfall during that period was about 40 percent less than average. The year 1930 was the driest year since 1869. Crop losses for 1930 were estimated at $40 million. The highest temperature ever recorded in Delaware was 110°, Fahrenheit. This record high was recorded on July 21, 1930 at Millsboro. Some crops and pastures failed due to the drought. Other such as Cantaloupes and cucumbers came thru well. In normal seasons the rains would create disease in cantaloupes and they would die off, due to the driest the season was extended and resulted in high quality cantaloupes.

During this dry spell, the Laurel Rotary sent out a questionnaire asking what did it members think was the most important problem to be solved by the Town of Laurel; their unexpected answers were “we need rain.”

The great cypress swamps from Ellendale down to the south west of Selbyville called Cypress Swamp or Cedar Swamp and would shortly be called Burnt Swamp were dry. The swamp has always been a refuge for British sympathizers, civil war draft dodgers, runaway slaves and moonshiners. Prohibition was in effect (1920 to 1933) and out in the Great Cypress Swamp were moonshiners. Lore has it that in the summer of 1930 one of moonshiner’s still blew up and started a fire. It was a fire that would last for the next eight months and hundreds of firefighters fought it, however the fire got to the dried out peat soil and the peat deposits underground and the buried cypress trees that had fallen and never rotted . The fire would burn underground in the peat popping up in the middle of a farm or next popping up in the middle of the forest. It finally burnt itself out on it’s own.

Gumboro News - From the October, 1930 State Register

From the 1930 fire would come the story of the Selbyville Swamp Monster. Supposedly the apparition of an old shingle-maker who died in the 1930 fire still haunt the edge of the swamp. The Swamp monster has been spotted and photographed a number of times since the first photo of it appeared in the Delmarva News on April 23, 1964.

Parents would threaten children if they weren’t good they would be thrown in the swamp with the monster. Teenager boys would take their girlfriends on drives thru the swamp looking for the monster. People riding thru the swamp would lock the doors on their cars, just in case.

The story was all started by a staged photograph of Fred Stevens in his Halloween costume taken by the by Delmarva News Editor Ralph Grapperhaus in 1964 and grew from there.

In real life the swamp is still thick and hard to find your way around in, hunters and other people get lost for days at a time and have to be rescued, a small charter plane went down there in the 1970's. Rescues were attempted, but by the time the crews got out there, the people were dead. Though the engine was removed, the plane itself is still out there. Maybe a story about the ghost plane is in order.

The 1930 fire was actually the second major fire for the Burnt Swamp area. In June of 1782 the swamp was again dry and by some means caught fire. It continued to burn until caught up in strong southwest winds turned into a fire hell. It destroyed over 3,000 acres of cedar in less than 12 hours. The buildings in the area were in danger, people could not see due to the smoke. The fire was estimated at 100 feet high and the sky was full of live coals. The light of the fire was seen 70 miles away. At the last minute a shift in the winds reduced the fires and they burnt themselves out.

27 years later English botanist Thomas Nutall, who visited the Great Cypress Swamp in 1809, wrote; "We began to enter one of the most frightful labyrinths you can imagine. It was filled with tall tangling shrubs thickly matted together almost impervious to the light." So you can imagine what John Watson and William Parsons of Pennsylvania and John Emory and Thomas Jones of Maryland must have encountered in 1750 when they survey the Transpeninsular Line establishing the east-west boundary between Pennsylvania’s “Three Lower Counties” (now Delaware) and the Colony of Maryland.

The 1750 survey describes getting thru the 13 miles swamp as brutal work and it took them ten days. The surveyors notes recount wading in shoulder high water,flies, and mosquitoes, dangerous snakes, quicksand, poison ivy, and no stable land to set up instruments. The swamp prohibited a stone marker at mile 15, otherwise there is one every five miles in this Transpeninsular Line.

UPDATE - FOR THOSE WHO ASKED ABOUT THE PLANE SEE BELOW
From The Day New London Conn. July 21 1969

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

If this passes, we will become Sodom and Gomorrah

Another "Me to State" (New York) is jumping on the gay Marriage issue, I found 80-year-old Ginny Winn, of Delmar New York comment interesting. As of this morning protection for religious groups was the last major issue to be worked out in Wednesday's negotiations over a bill that would legalize same-sex marriages in New York state.



ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Hundreds of protesters for and against gay marriage in New York chanted, sang and sought out TV cameras Monday while the state Senate again came to no resolution on the issue in a closed-door session that barely touched on the nationally divisive topic.

Two Republican senators said the gay marriage issue that has sharply focused the efforts of opponents and advocates was only briefly discussed in the caucus. Instead, Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos is negotiating with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on religious exemptions that could be enough for Republican senators - most of whom oppose gay marriage - to send the issue to a floor where a bipartisan effort could pass it.

Democratic Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., a Bronx minister who has led the opposition, said he now considers the legalization of same-sex marriage inevitable at some point in New York. He said, however, he's unsure how the Senate will vote, noting Cuomo is exerting unprecedented pressure to get Republicans to approve his bill.

On Monday, groups led by clergy opposed to same-sex marriage sang hymns such as "Victory is Mine" and prayed in small circles while pro-same-sex marriage advocates countered with "God Bless America" and "This Little Light of Mine" and lined the halls and parlor outside the Senate chamber.

State troopers were called to the Senate chamber floor as the two groups started to merge and talk with each other, but there was no escalation in the jammed marble hallways that turned stifling hot from the people and TV cameras. Most were respectful of each other and kept to their own groups.

"This is not about religion, this is about civil rights," Sharon Baum of New York City said.

She was soon confronted by a woman opposed to gay marriage.

"If this passes, we will become Sodom and Gomorrah," said 80-year-old Ginny Winn, of Delmar in Albany County."God says `No'!" chanted one side, as pro-gay marriage advocates, led by their clergy, intoned, "God is love!"

When Winn, a great-grandmother, interrupted Baum and said she's been married for decades. Baum offered a sincere "Mazel tov!" which is Hebrew for congratulations.

The gay marriage bill is now part of the usual horse-trading of issues behind closed doors that is common at the close of session for the New York Legislature. That means the emotional issue is tied to such common, but important measures as continuing New York City's rent control law and a statewide property tax cap, said the senators who spoke on the condition of anonymity because there was no official statement from the Republican majority.

Susan Lerner of the good-government group Common Cause said the level of professional and grass roots lobbying appears unmatched in New York since the abortion and reproductive rights battles of the 1970s.

New York's vote is pivotal in the national question over same-sex marriage, an effort that largely stalled in the same room two years ago when the Senate voted it down. Since then, efforts have failed in New Jersey, Rhode Island and Maryland. Advocates hope a "yes" vote in the nation's third-most populous state jumpstarts the effort.

The Rev. William Mayhew of Millerton said children aren't given the support they need in a gay household.

"They are creating another category of civil rights," Mayhew said. "American will suffer!"

Former New York Giants player David Tyree was among the celebrities on both sides of the issue. He said in Albany on Monday that God may have given him the ability to make his stunning, one-handed catch to help the Giants win the Super Bowl in 2007 so he would have a platform to oppose gay marriage today.

"I am not a political person, but gay marriage isn't a political issue," he said. "This not about right and left, but about right and wrong."

He said he opposes gay measure as a threat to children and families.

The Assembly has already passed the measure.

The legislative session was supposed to end Monday, but the negotiations are expected to keep the Legislature in Albany through much of the week.

British Indian River Invasion June 1814

On June 20, 1814 the British frigate "Nieman" sent two barges with sixty men into Indian River, burning two or three coasters and shallops loaded with lumber, and securing a ransom for two others since they were hard pressed for food and water. Governor Daniel Rodney, (A Lewes Merchant) ordered a company of fifty men to Lewes and the British withdrew.

NOTES:
British Fifth Rate frigate 'Nieman' (1809) was a 38 gun ship that had been captured from France and put into service in the Royal Navy. It was broken up in 1815.

A barge was an open boat about about eighty feet long, carrying sixteen oars and a swivel gun.

A shallop referred to an open wooden workboat such as a barge, dory, or rowboat. Shallops were small enough to row but also had one or two sails.

Coastal trading vessels, also known as coasters, are shallow-hulled ships used for trade between locations where their shallow hulls can get through reefs where deeper-hulled sea-going ships usually cannot.

Delaware State Police Press Release

TWO CHARGED IN SCRAP METAL BURGLARIES, ONE STILL BEING SOUGHT AFTER


DSP News Release: Two Charged in Scrap Metal Burglaries, One Still Being Sought After

Location:

•Old Hickory Lane Laurel, De (Vance Phillips Inc)
•24000 block Sussex Highway Seaford, De (Sussex Tires)
•10000 block Airport Road Seaford, De (R and S Fabrication)
•Bi-State Boulevard Laurel, De (Laurel Grain)
•7600 Herring Run Road Seaford, De (Burglary to a Shed)
•36000 block Old Stage Road Delmar, De (General Refrigeration)
•30000 block Sussex Highway Seaford, De (Combined Commercial Enterprise)

DATE and TIME:
•Between June 14th and June 18th 2011

Defendant(s) Charge(s) and Bond Information:

•Christopher L. Baker-25 Seaford Delaware
•Edward Boyce-23 Seaford Delaware

•Each charged with below listed crimes:
•5 counts Burglary Third Degree
•3 counts Theft $1,500 or Greater
•2 counts Conspiracy Third Degree
•3 counts Conspiracy Second Degree
•4 counts Theft under $1,500
•3 counts Criminal Trespass Third Degree
•Criminal Mischief under $1,000


Suspect and Active Warrant Information:

•Brandon P. Eskridge-32 Seaford, DE
•6’01” tall, 190 lbs, black hair, brown eyes
•Failure to Re-Register as a Sex Offender with Three Days of Changing Address
•Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree
•Theft
•Criminal Mischief (2 counts)

Resume:
Seaford/Laurel/Delmar-Delaware State Police over the weekend arrested two Seaford Delaware men in connection to a series of burglary and scrap metal thefts. The thefts occurred at 5 commercial business properties and two sheds located on residential properties.

Between June 14th and 18th Christopher L. Baker-25 and Edward Boyce-23 both of Seaford Delaware trespassed on commercial properties owned by Vance Phillips Inc, Sussex Tires, R and S Fabrication, Laurel Grain and General Refrigeration.

Baker and Boyce during the course of their burglary/theft spree stole a large quantity of assorted stainless steel metals, tractor trailer wheels, various tools, farm and lawn equipment. Baker and Boyce were responsible for the theft of over $17,000 of the victim’s property.

Brandon P. Eskridge-32 of Seaford was implicated to the Combined Commercial Enterprise burglary which occurred June 14, 2011.

Baker and Boyce were charged June 18th and 19th respectively for Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass and conspiracy. Baker following arraignment was released on $41,000 unsecured bond, while Boyce received a $27,000 secured bond. Boyce was later incarcerated into the Sussex Correctional Institute.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mrs. Mattie M. Cannon - 1930

June Joint Council Meeting - 2011

The June Delmar Joint Councils meeting was held last night at 7:00PM (Over with by 8:20 ). Last night's missing members were Delaware Councilman Woody Payne (unknown reason) and Delaware Mayor Michael Houlihan (Medical procedure yesterday). My usual disclaimer is I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real stories go to the meeting or buy a newspaper.

The Delmar Joint Council Meeting was held a week early due to the Delmar Maryland Council expecting to attend parties in Ocean City next week with the Maryland Municipal League
. The Maryland Municipal League Convention will have representatives from 121 municipalities and almost 1,200 city, town, county and state officials, as well as corporate representatives, will attend the convention (June 26 - 29, 2011 at the Ocean City Convention Center.)

Tonight was a boring meeting, thankfully it was over with by 8:20. Generally it was first readings of ordinances that will restrict freedoms of the residents and milk them for more fines thusly generating more revenue for the town. The Delaware side of town took a "Me Too" attitude and duplicated the proposed ordinances Maryland introduced.

They had the first reading to adopted the 2009 International Residential Building Code. They already were using an earlier version but Maryland required them to adopt the newer version so Delaware went along with it. They also removed part of the provisions in the code for fire sprinklers.

They had first readings of the Parking Ordinance (based on Princess Anne), Grass cutting ordinance (based on Laurel), and the abandon building ordinance. I will write more about these later. All with fine structures.

The Delmar high school traffic pattern was discussed. The Police and school had their meeting and presented a pattern to the school bus contractors. The bus contractors rejected it. They will meet again and revise it again in July.

The Maryland side voted to use Red Speed for traffic speeding tickets. Some Commissioners reasons for voting yes were; James Henderson: "Wicomico County is looking at putting in Red Speed and Delmar will lose money if Wicomico County puts in red speed in Delmar." Carl Anderton, Jr: "If speeder are going 12 miles over the speed limit they should be fined. Better for Delmar to get the revenue as it is being double taxed by Wicomico county already." No mention if any of the Council would be on the "Special people who aren't fined" list for Red Speed.

A Sidenote About Religion and The Civil War

As you know Religion orders are made up of people and religion aside they frequently have opinions on politics. Ministers, Priests, Nuns etc frequently had an opinion during the American Civil War. Some left their orders to fight, others merely carried on with their work but expressed themselves. I came across this interesting side note of Convent lore in "Marylanders In The Confederacy" by Daniel D. Hartzler.

The archives for the Visitation Convent in Georgetown where there were eighty-three nuns during this period are blank, except for a single entry of a sister who wrote, "there was a great deal of tension in the community of the Convent because sisters from both sides were living together. The strains that these woman endured in such constricted circumstances was severe. Roughly half of the sisters were born in Ireland and may not have taken sides. The remaining residents were equally divided between the North and the South. All agreed that whenever a foot-weary soldier came to the door for refreshments or water, he would be cared for. So according to convent lore they worked out this solution: Nuns of Southern sympathy would feed Johnny Reb, and Northern nuns would take care of Billy Yanks. whenever all were together, it was understood they would never discuss the War."

Monday, June 20, 2011

Delmar Joint Council Meeting Tonight

Tonight, June 20, 2011, the Joint Council will meet at 7 p.m. in town hall. Some of the items to be discussed are;

Maryland Ordinance 715 - 2009 Adoption of International Residential Building Codes
First Reading - Parking Ordinance
First Reading Grass Cutting ordinance
First Reading - abandoned Building ordinance
Delmar High School Traffic pattern
Municipal Building
Public Safety Building
St. Stephens Lease agreement
Wood Creek Update
Red Speed

Seems the Joint Council will have a busy night of keeping us in line and making sure we have enough ordinances and directions in our lives.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

S. N. Culver Men's Shop - 1941


Click On Photo To Enlarge - Notice the misspelling? and notice the politically incorrect reference to suits for fat men? Even in 1941 the store had been in operation for 41 years.

Bits Of News In Delmar - 1956

Harry Gibson, local fuel oil and coal dealer, was presented the Lions Distinguished Service Plaque at the regular dinner meeting of the Delmar Lions Club on Wednesday at the Avenue restaurant.

Guns In Schools

History restored at Platt Tech High
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - A little piece of history has been restored in Milford.

Students at the city's Platt Technical High School refurbished a Civil War Era cannon, and fired it off today.

She's a beauty, now all shiny in black on a red carrier, but when Platt Tech first got this relic it was in bad shape. The Historical Society of Milford located the cannon in Florida, it had once guarded Fort Trumbull and the society wanted it to come home.

But who to refurbish it? Someone got the bright idea to call up the principal at Platt, who initially was scratching his head over why they thought of the school.

"They called and asked whether we would be interested in fully restoring, refinishing the cannon. My initial response was we work on cars not cannons, however when they brought the cannon in for us to look at the job, it was just too sweet to pass up," says Gene Laporta, Platt Tech Principal.

The cannon now has a new home in front of the Milford Chamber of Commerce. It will be in place by Jul.4.

Platt Tech auto body students who were out surveying all their hard work say they are pretty darn proud.

Eggs and More Eggs

From "The Republic" Columbus Indiana

BOONVILLE, Ind. — A southern Indiana company that cooks hard-boiled eggs for restaurants, hospitals, universities and food manufacturers says its proposed $4 million expansion would allow it to become the world's top hard-boiled egg producer, turning out more than 1 million of the eggs a day.

Prime Foods Inc. of Boonville expects the expansion to start this fall and be completed by February. The expansion will add 20,000 square feet to the current 60,000-square-foot Boonville plant about 15 miles east of Evansville.

The company contracts with chicken farms in northern Indiana, Ohio and Georgia to get the eggs and uses huge boiling machines to cook them. Currently, the machines can cook and peel 40,000 boiled eggs each hour. After the expansion, the facility expects to process more than 100,000 eggs an hour, or 1.1 million eggs each day.

Company President Jay Kramer told the Evansville Courier & Press the expansion will make Prime Foods the largest single hard-cooked egg facility in the world.

Kramer said the shelf life of hard-boiled eggs, which are used in salads and other products, is about six weeks. He said the company has been growing as it picks up new contracts with clients.

"Our biggest growth was between 2008 and 2009 when we picked up a couple of big restaurant chains and big manufacturers," he said.

The expansion will bring the company three new egg cooking machines to add to the two in place now, and will add more refrigeration space.

Prime Foods — formerly known as Kramer & Son — distributes eggs to places as far away as Denver, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania, Kramer said. The company says it is busiest during "salad season," which runs from April until September.

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Remember This Next Election

Juneteenth

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters and slaves and the connection heretofore existing between them, becomes that between employer and hired labor. The Freedmen are advised to remain at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts; and they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.

On June 19, 1865 Union General Gordon Granger stood upon the balcony of the Ashton Villa Galveston,Texas and read the contents of “General Order No. 3,” which put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation and abolished slavery in the state of. To this day June 19th is celebrated officially by 39 states.


In Maryland and Delaware various celebrations are planned for this weekend to observe it.

Some towns and local governments have selected this holiday to issue "I am Sorry For Slavery" proclamation. Howard of course doesn't see any reason to apology for events in which none of the current population was alive and had no participation in the matter. It history people get over it. It is much like the President Obama wanting the Turks apologizing for the killing ("genocide") of more than one million Armenians in World War I. The players are dead. What is the point? Doesn't he think he has more serious problems to solve? Alameda County Board of Supervisors (California - the state that is near bankrupt) adopted a resolution apologizing for slavery of African Americans and calling for reparations and reconciliation. It looked like this;

Apologizing for Slavery of African Americans and Calling for Reparations and Reconciliation

WHEREAS, on June 7, 2011 the Alameda County Board of Supervisors apologizes for the enslavement and racial segregation of African Americans:and

WHEREAS, we recognize Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of abolition of slavery; and

WHEREAS, African Americans were enslaved in this country for centuries, subject to cruelty, brutality, the indignity of being stripped of their names and heritage and torn apart after family members were sold separately: and

WHEREAS, acknowledging not only me shameful history of slavery but the racial segregation of the "separate but equal" Jim Crow era and the lingering aftereffect of slavery including the enormous damage and loss, both tangible and Intangible and the loss of dignity and liberty; and

WHEREAS, these atrocities resembled no other form of involuntary servitude. as Africans were captured and sold at auctions as chattel, like inanimate property or animals; and

WHEREAS, the deep seated problems caused by the continuing legacy of racism against African Americans that began with slavery and perpetuating disparities and injustices that plague Our Nation as a result the dehumanization of an entire race; and

WHEREAS, acknowledging systemic discrimination. social and economic inequality and laws permitting such injustice to induce a growing African American underclass, undereducated, unemployed and marginalized population, as black males make up a majority of the prison population and HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts black women; and

WHEREAS, identifying these grave injustices in order to promote healing and reconciliation and calling for economic reparations through programs including health, education, employment and housing to benefit African Americans; and

WHEREAS, the legacy of African Americans is interwoven with the very fabric of democracy and freedom of the United States and propagation of the ideals of liberty, justice and democracy:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that this Alameda County Board of Supervisors. State of California, has taken the lead in expressing appropriate remorse for slavery and encourages the State legislature to consider a similar resolution and is recommitting to bringing about an end to racial prejudices, disparities and injustices from our society; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Alameda County Board of Supervisors strongly encourages the United States government through the office of President Barack Obama to issue a formal apology to African Americans.

FATHER'S DAY, 2011


Presidential Proclamation--Father's Day
FATHER'S DAY, 2011

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Parenthood is the ultimate gift and an incredible responsibility. Every day, fathers across our country give everything they have to build a better future for their family, asking nothing in return but their children's love and success. On Father's Day, we honor the men in our lives who have helped shape us for the good, and we recommit to supporting fatherhood in our families, in our communities, and across our Nation.

Fathers, along with our mothers, are our first teachers, coaches, and advisors. They help us grow into adults, consoling us in times of need and celebrating with us in times of triumph. Strong male role models come in all forms, but they have one thing in common: they show up and give it their best. A father figure may be a biological father, or he may be a surrogate father who raises, mentors, or cares for another's child. Every family is different, but what matters is the unconditional support, guidance, and love fathers and mentors give us throughout life.

Today, too many children in our country grow up without such support and guidance. A father's absence is felt by children, families, and communities in countless ways, leaving a hole that can have lasting effects. Their absence is also felt by mothers, who work overtime and double shifts, put food on the table, and care for children alone while trying to make ends meet. And it is felt in our communities, when boys grow up without male leaders to inspire them.

My Administration has made supporting fathers and their communities a priority. Last year on Father's Day, I announced the President's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, a nationwide effort to support organizations that foster responsible fatherhood and help re-engage fathers in the lives of their children. We have bolstered community and faith-based programs that provide valuable support networks for fathers. We are also promoting work-life balances that benefit families, and partnering with businesses across America to create opportunities for fathers and their children to spend time together. And military leaders are joining in our efforts to help families keep in touch when a dad is deployed overseas, so the fathers who serve to protect all our children can stay connected to their own.

On Father's Day, we celebrate the men who make a difference in the life of a child, and we pay tribute to all the fathers who have been our guiding lights. In the days ahead, we recommit ourselves to making fatherhood, and the support men need to be fathers, a priority in our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 19, 2011, as Father's Day. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA